Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable

Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable

Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR) Meets on Elder Justice
April 1, 2019 Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Meeting on Elder Justice


In 2012, more than a dozen federal agencies came together under the leadership of the White House Domestic Policy Council and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR). The purpose was to raise federal agencies’ awareness of how civil legal aid can help advance a wide range of federal objectives including employment, family stability, housing, consumer protection, and public safety. With support from DOJ’s Office for Access to Justice (ATJ), which staffs LAIR, participating agencies have worked with civil legal aid partners, including non-profit organizations, law schools, and the private bar, to (1) leverage resources to strengthen Federal programs by incorporating legal aid, (2) develop policy recommendations that improve access to justice, (3) facilitate strategic partnerships to achieve enforcement and outreach objectives, and (4) advance evidence-based research, data collection, and analysis.

LAIR was formally established in a 2015 Presidential Memorandum, and its list of federal partners has grown to include 22 agencies. LAIR’s activities are supported by two working groups: (i) Working Group on Self-Represented Parties in Administrative Hearings, led by ATJ and the Administrative Conference of the United States, and (ii) Working Group on Access to Justice Indicators and Data Collection, led by ATJ and DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. In November 2016, LAIR issued its first annual report, which documents how LAIR has worked over the past few years to inspire innovative interagency collaborations to more effectively support underserved individuals.

          Federal Partners

Administrative Conference of the United States

U.S. Agency for International Development

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Corporation for National and Community Service

​U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Education

​U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Communications Commission 

Federal Trade Commission

Legal Services Corporation

National Science Foundation

Office of Management and Budget

Social Security Administration

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